SPIE Photonics West 2018


The main purpose of visiting San Francisco was to take part in the Photonics West 2018 conference. The conference is the largest meeting of people from photonics and biomedical optics fields and gives the great opportunity to discuss and see current progress from these fields. The conference was attended by: Dawid Borycki, Michał Hamkało and Yuriy Stepanenko.

DB presented a poster entitled: “Removing image distortions by spatio-temporal optical coherence (STOC) manipulation”. This was a great opportunity to present method, enabling seeing through opaque layers to a broad community, including scientists (from academia and industry) working on adaptive optics and wave front shaping. This work is of great importance for biomedical imaging, in which the goal is to non-invasively visualize microscopic tissue structure ex vivo or in vivo.

Apart from that DB was able to learn about new developments in microscopy, optogenetics (plenary lectures, delivered by top experts in the field, including Nobel laureates) and virtual, augmented and mixed realities. This year, SPIE Photonics West was hosting the largest event on AR/VR/MR. Importantly, the talks were delivered by principal engineers from the well-known corporations like Microsoft, Google, HTC, and so on.

MH gave a presentation during one of the OCT session of the conference. He presented the talk titled “Long-depth-range MHz OCT for structural and functional cardiac imaging at up to 100 volumes/s” on Monday session and collected quite warm and interesting feedback. Moreover, conference and the neighboring events was a good occasion for him to meet and get in touch with people from the field. MH has met and discussed new ideas for future research with prof. Huber and prof. Luther (prof. Wojtkowski’s group collaborators), which resulted in creating new plans for further cooperation. He also had the pleasure to talk with prof. Fujimoto (the pioneer in the field of OCT) who was chairing the session that MH has actively participated. As a part of the conference the great exhibition prepared by all important manufacturers and companies from optics field was taking place. Visiting this exhibition gave him a feeling on the state-of-the-art experimental systems solutions and new devices that can possibly improve the experiments that  the POB group is working on. MH had the opportunity to talk with software engineer from company that POB has bought cameras for the experiments. Thanks to that, he obtained the beta version of new software for this camera, that can increase data transfer (and our experiments) by up to 25%. To sum up, the whole trip and new experiences gained during the conference are extremely beneficial for him, and he will surely use them to increase the quality of his work in the IPC PAS.

YS presented the poster entitled :

"All-fiber ultrafast oscillator mode-locked using nonlinear polarization evolution in polarization maintaining fibers", Yuriy Stepanenko, Jan Szczepanek, Tomasz Kardaś, Michal Nejbauer, Czesław Radzewicz. He was also a co-author of the following papers presented during the conference:

"Modeling noncollinear 3D pulse propagation", Tomasz Michal Kardas, Yuriy Stepanenko, Czeslaw Radzewicz

"Convenient scheme for efficient generation of mid-infrared CEP-stabilized femtosecond pulses using 1030-nm source", Michal Nejbauer, Marcin Pastorczak, Tomasz Michal Kardas, Yuriy Stepanenko, Czeslaw Radzewicz.


Dawid Borycki

Michał Hamkało

Yuriy Stepanenko


Jan. 26- Feb.2, 2018


San Francisco, CA, USA


SPIE –international society for optics and photonics

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 666295.